Tuesday, December 22, 2009

POEA Advisory To Returning OFWs during the Holiday Season

As Christmas is the season when most overseas Filipino workers usually come home for a vacation, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has issued an advisory on the issuance of POEA travel exit clearances.


According to POEA:

In order to facilitate the issuance of POEA travel exit clearances (OECs) to returning OFWs during the Christmas and New Year Holiday Seasons, please be informed of the following:

The POEA Balik-Manggagawa Processing Division experiences a surge in the number of applicants for OECs at the start of the Christmas peak season. This number is double the usual of 1,000 per day. Congestion and security are major concerns at the POEA premises. Complicating this situation is the number of OFW applicants who have immediate flights.

In order to (pace, declog or deload) minimize the delay in processing of OECs, POEA advises the following:

  1. OFWs who have just arrived are encouraged to apply for their OECs early either at the POEA Main Office or at the nearest POEA Regional Offices and Extension Units, or avail of the OEC delivery service, so that they can avoid last minute problems prior to their return flights.
  2. Departing OFWs who will return during the Christmas season are encouraged to apply for their OECs at the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) in their host countries prior to coming home. Or, they may apply for their OECs at the POEA Main or Regional Offices early prior to their return flights to their host countries.
  3. Regular processing of OECs has been discontinued at the NAIA Labor Assistance Center (LAC) except for weekend or emergency exit within 5 days from entry. OFWs must apply for their OECs with the POEA Main or Regional Offices prior to their return flights.
  4. OFWs who have not yet registered with the POEA are advised to bring their contract and/or certificate of employment, and other proofs of employment in order to be documented and be issued an OEC.
  5. OFWs to regularly check the POEA website, http://www.poea.gov.ph for advisories especially before they book their flights

Charice Pempengco Performing on Singapore Idol’s 3rd Season Finale

Charice tweeted on her new twitter account, after her old account was hacked, that she would be a guest performer on the 3rd Season of Singapore Idol TV show on Dec 27, 2009. Singapore Idol is a show much like American Idol where undiscovered singers in Singapore compete over several weeks to be number 1 in the voting. This show will be the Grand Finale of the season.


Singapore Idol's two finalists are Sylvia Ratonel and Sezairi Sezali, one of whom (Sylvia) is half-pinay on her father’s side and mom is Eurasian.


Sylvia Ratonel

Season 3 is bigger and better with a whole load of surprises in store for viewers and contestants alike.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Lea Salonga Live at Esplanade Theater on the Bay

Don’t miss this chance to watch our very own Lea Salonga who will be performing live at Esplanade this coming December. Since the Theater on the Bay is an open area, I guess it will be free.


When: Dec 16, 2009 (Wednesday)
Where: Esplanade Theater on the Bay (map)